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Daniel 7 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Daniel’s Dream of Four Beasts

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:1 - In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying in bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:2 - Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:3 - Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:4 - “The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:5 - “And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and eat your fill of flesh!’
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:6 - “After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:7 - “After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:8 - “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:9 - “As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:10 - A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:11 - “Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:12 - (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.)
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:13 - “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,[fn] coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:14 - He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

The Interpretation of the Dream

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:15 - “I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:16 - I approached one of those standing there and asked him the meaning of all this. “So he told me and gave me the interpretation of these things:
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:17 - ‘The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:18 - But the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever—yes, for ever and ever.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:19 - “Then I wanted to know the meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws—the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:20 - I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell—the horn that looked more imposing than the others and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:21 - As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people and defeating them,
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:22 - until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:23 - “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:24 - The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:25 - He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:26 - “ ‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever.
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:27 - Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDan 7:28 - “This is the end of the matter. I, Daniel, was deeply troubled by my thoughts, and my face turned pale, but I kept the matter to myself.”
NIV Footnotes
The Aramaic phrase bar enash means human being. The phrase son of man is retained here because of its use in the New Testament as a title of Jesus, probably based largely on this verse.
Or for a year, two years and half a year

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